At Orbans Fidesz-parti vant parlamentsvalget i Ungarn sist helg var ikke noen stor overraskelse. At høyreekstreme Jobbik gikk fra 16 til 20 % er skremmende.

Jobbik er åpent antisemittisk og tilhenger av en sjåvinisme som gjør at de hyller Putins anneksjon av Krim. Kanskje det er en ny sans for autoritært styre som finner gjenklang i landene i Øst-Europa?

More alarming are the electoral advances made by Jobbik, a far-right party with explicitly anti-Semitic and anti-Roma views. Marton Gyongyosi, a Jobbik parliamentarian who is vice chair of parliament’s foreign-affairs committee, called on the government in 2012 to «tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.» Mr. Gyongyosi has praised Russia’s annexation of the Crimea as «the triumph of a community’s self-determination.»

Jobbik is estimated to have increased its share of the national vote this year to 20% from 16% in 2010. During the campaign Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party tried to outflank Jobbik on the bigotry front. «In 1848 it was the Rothschilds and now it’s the International Monetary Fund,» a Fidesz lawmaker declared at a memorial last month celebrating Hungary’s 1848 nationalist revolution. «Hungarian independence compromises the Rothschilds’ interests.»

With a rising Russia on its doorstep and a still-stumbling economy, Hungary will not prosper by lurching back toward the ideologies that shaped its catastrophic 20th century.